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Thursday, June 25, 2020

Sir Ian McKellen to play Hamlet in age-blind show by Mark Brown

Theatre Royal Windsor production first in UK to begin rehearsals after lockdown The age of Shakespeare’s Hamlet has been the subject of much debate. But no one has mooted that he is 81. Re…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:24PM
Thursday, June 18, 2020

'Seismic, torturous and gruelling': forgotten UK arts workers fall through support cracks by Lucy Campbell and Mark Brown

Many on freelance PAYE contracts are desperate, surviving lockdown on handouts and savings Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Freelance workers in the UK’s c…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:42AM
Wednesday, June 17, 2020

UK theatre faces ruin amid coronavirus crisis, say top cultural figures by Mark Brown and Lanre Bakare

Exclusive: almost 100 leading creative figures sign letter calling for government action to prevent demise of sector Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage Britain…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:54PM
Monday, May 25, 2020

Southbank Centre warns it may have to stay closed until spring 2021 by Mark Brown

London arts organisation calls for more funds as Covid-19 lockdown hits cash reserves Coronavirus – latest updates See all our coronavirus coverage The UK’s largest arts and cultural …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:24AM
Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Olivier awards: Company and Come from Away lead nominations by Mark Brown

The gender-switched Sondheim classic and 9/11 heartwarmer each received nine nominations for the awards, to be held on 7 April A gender-switched revival of a Stephen Sondheim classic and a f…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:17AM
Monday, January 28, 2019

The Boy in the Dress by David Walliams to become stage musical by Mark Brown

Following in the footsteps of Roald Dahl’s Matilda, the book is to be adapted by the Royal Shakespeare CompanyDavid Walliams’ journey from comedian to one of the most popular children’…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:48PM
Monday, November 26, 2018

Friends star David Schwimmer remakes stage play Love for BBC by Mark Brown

Actor has produced TV film of Alexander Zeldin’s gritty play about homelessnessDavid Schwimmer, the actor and director best known for Friends, has taken on a less familiar role as producer…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:18AM
Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Measure for Measure gender swap may be theatrical first by Mark Brown

Male and female stars to share roles in new spin on Shakespeare tale of sex and powerGender fluidity on stage will be taken to the next level when the actors Hayley Atwell and Jack Lowden al…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:24AM
Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Stephen Sondheim's Company gets a female lead in West End run by Mark Brown

Director says changing main character’s gender allows show to explore women’s lives todaySwapping the gender of the lead character in a new West End production of the Stephen Sondheim mu…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:50AM
Sunday, March 4, 2018

Writer of Tina Turner musical on #MeToo, diversity and inclusion by Mark Brown

Katori Hall promises the true story of the singer, who she describes as a shining exampleWhile the arts has acknowledged its problem with diversity and talks about making things better, ther…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:21AM
Thursday, January 4, 2018

New Globe director to let cast pick roles and audiences choose plays by Mark Brown

Michelle Terry says she aims to dismantle theatre hierarchies as she announces programme including Hamlet and OthelloThe new artistic director of Shakespeare’s Globe has promised to give m…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:49AM
Saturday, November 4, 2017

Royal Court theatre issues behaviour code to tackle sexual harassment by Mark Brown

Theatre’s artistic director says code is only a starting point and says everyone in the industry knew abuse was happening and accepted itA theatre industry code of behaviour to prevent sex…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:06AM
Thursday, November 2, 2017

Kevin Spacey: Old Vic accused of ignoring sexual misconduct allegations by Mark Brown and Matthew Weaver

Numerous stories emerge saying London theatre paid no heed to allegations of groping and inappropriate sexual behaviour by the actorActors and former staff at the Old Vic have accused the th…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 04:12PM
Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Sam Mendes returns to National Theatre with Lehman Brothers drama by Mark Brown

Three-part epic about firm whose collapse triggered financial crisis is one of highlights of 2018, alongside Labour leadership dramaSam Mendes is returning to the National Theatre to direct …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:36PM
Thursday, August 3, 2017

Robert Hardy, actor best known for Harry Potter role, dies at 91 by Mark Brown

Star whose career spanned more than 70 years played roles as Cornelius Fudge, Winston Churchill and Siegfried FarnonThe Harry Potter actor Robert Hardy has died at the age of 91, his family …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:12PM
Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Tony nominations 2017: Bette Midler's Hello Dolly! pipped by Tolstoy by Mark Brown

Surprise on Broadway as Natasha, Pierre and the Great Comet of 1812 picks up 12 nominations, while British production of Groundhog Day the Musical gets sevenA musical based on volume two, pa…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 12:54PM
Monday, April 10, 2017

Olivier awards 2013: Seven is the magic number for Curious Incident by Mark Brown

Play about maths genius equals Matilda's record, as Helen Mirren has first win and Top Hat is named best musicalThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time dominated the UK's most pres…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:54PM
Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Edinburgh international festival to celebrate its 70th anniversary by Severin Carrell and Mark Brown

Diverse programme will see nine operas, new Ayckbourn play and sets by PJ Harvey, Jarvis Cocker and Benjamin ClementineEdinburgh international festival is to mark its 70th year with a divers…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:32AM
Thursday, February 16, 2017

Who Wants to Be a Millionaire £1m fraud to be subject of new play by Mark Brown

James Graham has written work based on case of ‘coughing major’ Charles Ingram who was found guilty of cheating TV quizOne of the most bizarre and weirdly memorable stories of the last 2…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:02AM
Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Burnley Buggers' Ball to mark 50th anniversary of Sexual Offences Act by Mark Brown

Burnley is a forgotten battleground for lesbian and gay rights, says playwright-in-residence for LGBT History MonthBurnley is a market town known for many things including, perhaps, its rich…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:24AM
Friday, January 27, 2017

Bryan Cranston to star in National Theatre production of Network by Mark Brown

Breaking Bad actor to make UK stage debut in media satire, as NT also announces productions of Pinocchio and MacbethBryan Cranston is to make his UK stage debut as the unhinged TV news ancho…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:24AM
Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Pride and Prejudice director Joe Wright returns to London theatre by Mark Brown

Wright, whose films include Atonement and Anna Karenina, will take on Bertolt Brecht’s classic play Life of GalileoThe British director Joe Wright is returning to the theatre to direct an …

SOURCE: The Guardian at 05:54AM
Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Brighton festival to host UK premiere of Gabriels trilogy by Mark Brown

Richard Nelson’s plays portray modern liberal America, as reflected in a family setting over the course of US election yearA trilogy of plays tracking the lives of a family during key mome…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:42PM
Thursday, January 12, 2017

Manchester's Factory arts building gets go-ahead by Mark Brown

£110m Rem Koolhaas-designed centre seen by city council as ‘genuine cultural counterbalance to London’Manchester’s proposed £110m arts centre, the Factory, has moved a step closer to…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:42AM
Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Harry Potter plays fly Sonia Friedman to top of Stage 100 power list by Mark Brown

Friedman, also behind Dreamgirls, Funny Girl and Nice Fish, is only the second woman to top industry newspaper’s annual league tableSonia Friedman, the West End producer responsible for so…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 08:06PM
Sunday, January 1, 2017

Matthew Bourne awakens Sleeping Beauty in 21st century by Mark Brown

The choreographer, known for his radical updates of classic works, is to create a new version of Tchaikovsky's ballet in which the princess will wake up in 2011 – and not fall in love at f…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:42AM
Sunday, November 13, 2016

Dame Judi Dench wins record eighth Olivier award by Mark Brown

81-year-old cements position as an all-time stage great with best supporting actress award, as Denise Gough wins best actressOlivier awards 2016 – the full list of winners from Kinky Boots…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 11:06PM
Tuesday, November 1, 2016

David Tennant to return to West End for Don Juan in Soho next spring by Mark Brown

Doctor Who and Broadchurch star to play lothario in Patrick Marber’s take on Molière at Wyndham’s theatre in LondonDavid Tennant is to return to the West End stage, playing a lothario i…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 02:24PM
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Howard Davies, theatre director, dies aged 71 by Mark Brown

Tributes paid to Olivier award winner acclaimed for his celebrated work for the National Theatre, RSC and West EndHoward Davies, one of the greatest British theatre directors of his generati…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 09:50AM
Sunday, October 16, 2016

The Play That Goes Wrong proves right for West End by Mark Brown

Hit show that began in a room above a pub has had its run at the Duchess Theatre extended until at least September 2015From Mr Saigon to Dave Poppins: West End disasters and how to avoid the…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 10:25PM
Thursday, October 6, 2016

UK theatres call for urgent help for child refugees in Calais by Mark Brown

Theatres offer free tickets to shows for refugee children from ‘Jungle’ camp and the families they are legally entitled to joinTwenty-one UK theatre companies are urging the government t…

SOURCE: The Guardian at 01:58PM

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